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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Co-Sponsors Los Angeles Family Equality Forum

Date: 
May 05, 2004

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

Dear Task Force Los Angeles area members:

Please join us this Monday, May 10 from 6:30 - 8:30pm for a Family Equality Forum and learn about domestic partnership and marriage equality - and find out what you can do to take action to secure equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples. Exactly one week after this forum, Massachusetts is scheduled to begin issuing the first legally-recognized marriage licenses in the United States. What does that mean for us here in California?

At the forum, we will also be looking for interested families to attend future media trainings and possibly serve as spokespeople as the equal marriage issue heats up in California.

Presenting organizations will be on-site to provide a variety of resources and answer any questions.

WHEN: Monday, May 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles
(one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica)

WHO: Join us for an evening of learning and dialogue with a distinguished panel of experts (see bios below):

Lorri L. Jean
Jennifer Pizer
Honorable Henry Lo
Dr. Sylvia Rhue
Los Angeles area gay- and lesbian-headed families

QUESTIONS:

What protections does domestic partnership provide for your family? What protections do you get with legal marriage? Why is marriage equality so important? What can you do to take action now?

Space is limited, RSVP recommended. Childcare provided, RSVP required.

To RSVP and reserve childcare, call 323-860-7397 or e-mail familyservices@laglc.org.

PANELIST BIOS:

Lorri L. Jean, Chief Executive Officer, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is nationally recognized as one of the most seasoned and effective leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement. She has been a lesbian activist for nearly 25 years. Jean currently serves as CEO of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the world's largest LGBT organization with an annual budget exceeding $32 million dollars, a staff of over 200, and which serves more than a quarter million people every year. Immediately prior to her return, Jean spent two years as the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Jennifer C. Pizer is Senior Staff Attorney in the Western Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the largest and oldest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered people and those with HIV or AIDS. Pizer handles cases to advance domestic partner protections and the rights of lesbian and gay parents, and to end discrimination in employment, education, health care and housing. She is a public policy consultant to state and local government officials and speaks extensively on the need of LGBT families for full legal protections, including civil marriage.

Honorable Henry Lo, School Board Member, Garvey District is the first out Chinese American elected to a public office in Southern California. Mr. Lo was previously the Secretary and Membership Coordinator for GAPSN. He is currently the Senior Field Deputy for State Senator Dr. Gloria Romero and has been with Dr. Romero since 1999 after her election to the State Assembly. Lo also worked with the California Democratic Party during the 1998 gubernatorial race as a field organizer. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Government and East Asian Studies from Colby College in the State of Maine.

Dr. Sylvia Rhue is the Coalition Manager for the California Freedom to Marry Coalition, the Director of Equal Partners in Faith, and works with Woman Vision in outreach and education. She is a religious scholar, writer, and filmmaker who holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. Dr. Rhue specializes in religion and homophobia, especially in the African-American community, and conducts workshops around the country on these topics. She is a graduate of UCLA and the Institute for the Advanced Study Human Sexuality. She is the co-producer of "All God's Children," the award-winning film on homsexuality and the black church.

The Family Equality Forum is presented by Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights/'Ohana House, the Family Pride Coalition, the California Freedom to Marry Coalition, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Family Services Program and Vote for Equality Campaign, the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

For more information on the struggle for marriage equality, log on to the Task Force Marriage Information Resource Center at http://www.TheTaskForce.org/marriagecenter.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.